How Future Thinkers Can Revolutionize Strategic Planning

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Can leaders in a democracy think beyond the next election? This is a key question posed by New Zealand academic Jonathan Boston, who is studying how different countries attempt to address long-term risks to society, the environment and fiscal sustainability. Visiting the United States on a ... Read & React

The Four Types of Sleep Schedules

by Olga Khazan

Erwin Schrödinger, the Nobel-prize-winning Austrian physicist, was able to make major contributions to the fields of quantum mechanics, general relativity, and color theory during his lifetime. There was only one caveat: He was not able to make those contributions ... in the mornings. “He couldn’t ... Read & React

3 Tips to Help Federal Leaders Prepare for a New Congress

by Alan Pentz Partner, Corner Alliance

What will the new Congress mean for federal leaders? Even with a new Republican majority in the Senate, we won’t see much of a difference in policy. We’ll most likely experience stalemate/status quo for the next two years. The politics, however, will change. The level of scrutiny for federal ... Read & React

The Purpose of the FedView Survey Is More Than Satisfaction

Recently, the Office of Personnel Management released the governmentwide results for the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and soon, we’ll also learn which agencies are deemed the best places to work, and which ones need improvement. While engagement is always a focus during the month when survey ... Read & React

How to Relax Like a Baby

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

One of my guiding principles in life is to look for and act on the stuff that’s easy to do and likely to make a difference. Even the smallest mindful breaks can make a huge difference in reducing the overwork and overwhelm that comes with modern life. If you are looking for a super simple way to ... Read & React

How I Lead: Preparing Employees for the Next Level

by Lynnie Martin Public Relations Director, Young Government Leaders

As a chief administrative law judge for the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Atlanta, McArthur Allen hears cases about disability, retirement and survivor benefits. In addition to holding hearings several days per week, Allen oversees administrative and program issues for the Atlanta ... Read & React

Transforming Acquisition for the Future

by Kymm McCabe and Dan Chenok

The recent series of columns “3 Myths That Cripple Acquisition” stressed that acquisition transformation, not just reform, is critical to enable the federal government to effectively lead in the Collaboration Age.  Now it’s time to chart a course forward toward such transformation. The expectation ... Read & React

Quit Your Job

My friends sometimes approach me with career anxieties, under the false impression that writing about economics makes somebody a good career advisor. My counsel is typically something like optimistic incrementalism. Don’t quit your job, mastery comes with time, job satisfaction comes with ... Read & React

Have You Heard? Gossip Is Actually Good and Useful

by Julie Beck

While gossiping is a behavior that has long been frowned upon, perhaps no one has frowned quite so intensely as the 16th- and 17th-century British. Back then, gossips, or “scolds” were sometimes forced to wear a menacing iron cage on their heads, called the “branks” or “scold’s bridle.” These masks ... Read & React

​Millennials’ Romance With Federal Service Need Not Last a Lifetime

by Matthew F. Ferraro

­ Not every happy and fulfilling relationship is life-long, and federal service does not need to be, either. In a recent report, the Office of Personnel Management said the median amount of time millennials -- those born after 1980 -- spend in government service is just 3.8 years. A recent ... Read & React